So you knew I had to post something about the brouhaha with Obama’s speech and the health care debate, right?
Well, HA. I’m not.
I’ve seen quite a few nice posts about it, though, many of which reflect both a growing discontent with the options and lack of concrete information. Which, of course, is a recipe for mob mentality, strenuously to be avoided. People who know what they’re objecting to, and do it badly, are just as clueless as the person who doesn’t know what they’re objecting to, but does anyway.
Look, I know I’ve said this before, but it seems to have become the paean that I keen more and more every day.
Just because I don’t agree with you, it doesn’t mean that I hate you.
I don’t even dislike y0u.
No, really. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s entirely and realistically possible to object to someone’s point of view, but still have nothing but warm fuzzies toward them personally. The uncoordinated leap into “you’re just a hater” is easier, sure, but quite frequently wrong, intolerant, and…dumb.
So look. I may be the mom who wanted her child home for Obama’s speech. I might be the woman who, with every fiber of her being, believes that a woman’s “right to choose” is a soft metaphor for systematized infanticide, and doesn’t want Obama to facilitate more. I might even be that crazy Christian who believes that an “open mind” is code for someone who can’t think logically through their platitudes.
But it’s very, very far from hurling stones, shouting epithets in the House, and screaming in people’s faces.
Call me a conscientious objector. It’s lightyears from being a hater.